As the CMA CGM JULES VERNE just left the Suez canal, Ludovic Gérard, Executive Vice President CMA Ships, is sharing his experience on the ship. A way to discover a more personal approach on the giant of the seas :
Ludovic Gérard’s testimony
I boarded the CMA CGM JULES VERNE at Suez this morning. How proud I was to see the ship just after her arrival from Asia and the Korean shipyards.
I had to get up at 4:30am because of the ship’s nautical time and Egyptian formalities, and I was then taken out to the Jules Verne on a launch. I finally saw her at 7am as she emerged slowly out of the morning mist.
The launch circled around the JULES VERNE and this gave me a chance to admire and take photographs of this majestic vessel laden high with blue containers.
My thoughts went to all the hard work which has been done over the last few years by my technical teams in order to design the ship and supervise the construction phase before putting her into service as the ‘admiral’s ship’ of CMA CGM.
Now that I was aboard I was going to be able to meet up again with those officers I know so well – including Commander Plunian Blot, with whom I had done so much work – and we set sail for the Suez Canal just after I had been welcomed with a much-needed cup of coffee. It’s going to take all day to get from one end of the canal to the other and we’ll be leaving it behind us at about 8pm.
(Discover the next feedback of Ludovic Gerard in the second article)